China’s New Internet Regulator

According to the The Chinese Government’s Official Web Portal: “…the Chinese government announced Wednesday the setting up of an office to manage Internet information. The department, known as the State Internet Information Office, will: direct, coordinate and supervise online content management and handle administrative approval of businesses related to online news reporting…, work to implement the policies of Internet communication and promote legal system construction in this field…, direct the development of online gaming, online video and audio businesses and online publication industries…, [be] engaged in promoting construction of major news websites and managing government online publicity work…, investigate and punish websites violating laws and regulations… [and]… oversee telecom service providers in their efforts to improve the management of registration of domain names, distribution of IP addresses, registration of websites and Internet access…”.